August 8, 1986 – Spike Lee’s first feature, She’s Gotta Have It, premieres

August 8, 1986 – Spike Lee’s first feature, She’s Gotta Have It, premieres

On this day in 1986, actor, writer and director Spike Lee’s first feature-length movie, She’s Gotta Have It, opens in theaters around the United States.

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June 13, 1986 – Tutu meets with Botha

June 13, 1986 – Tutu meets with Botha

Bishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the 1984 Nobel Prize for Peace, meets with South African President P.W. Botha to discuss the nationwide state of emergency declared by Botha in response to the anti-apartheid protests.

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June 11, 1986 – “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” released; features 1961 Ferrari

June 11, 1986 – “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” released; features 1961 Ferrari

The hit John Hughes-directed teen comedy “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” released on this day in 1986, stars a young Matthew Broderick as a popular high school student in suburban Illinois who fakes an illness in order to score a day off from school, then leads his best friend and his girlfriend on a whirlwind day through Chicago.

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June 8, 1986 – Waldheim elected Austrian president

June 8, 1986 – Waldheim elected Austrian president

At the end of a controversial campaign marked by allegations that he had participated in Nazi atrocities during World War II, former United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim is elected president of Austria, a largely ceremonial post.

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